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Laurie Tompkins

Laurie is a composer, and co-founder/co-director of the Slip label.
His music works through pop cultural trauma, taking pleasure in ritual self-abasement. His projects are impure coagulations of instruction and improvisation; text, sound, image; lone wolf and mob; human and computer technologies. He primarily works with a tight group of long-standing collaborators.
Laurie has performed at London’s Café Oto, Bristol’s Spike Island, Aldeburgh Music, Aarhus’ Radar, Berlin’s Reflektor, and Harplinge’s Harp Art Lab.
His commissions have premiered with the House Of Bedlam, LSO Soundhub Scheme, ddmmyy and 840 series. He has been broadcast on Resonance FM and BBC Radio 3.
Forthcoming projects include mini-album Ample Profanity - the debut release of Laurie & Olly, a collaboration with cellist Oliver Coates; a debut US performance with Suze Whaites at National Sawdust, Brooklyn; and collaborations with visual artist Joel Wycherley, bassist Otto Willberg, and composer/producer Chaines.

Featured releases

'Ample Profanity' is composer Laurie Tompkins and cellist Oliver Coates' collaborative debut: coagulated gristle surfacing from a Beal, Brooklyn-brown, Ray V, Bangs, GAN, Rugs and Works acid bath. The EP collects 5 pieces composed by Laurie and then co-edited and performed with Olly. The former plays keys, tape player, and samples, the latter cello with effects. Both sing.  Here is grazed, contorted classicism, here post-binge hallucinations, here gunky funk.  "I met [Laurie] when I was 16, at school. I don’t know where along the way he’s found that he can make a piece out of flower pots and shouting, and it can be genuinely moving. With Laurie, there’s this thing with Netflix culture and tropes in the promotion of electronic dance music. Like, “you must all listen to footwork now” because they market that at you. Ample Profanity is all about awkward juxtapositions: bits of music from House Of Cards coupled with RP Boo. That’s the headspace he’s in and he’s trying to articulate these as cello rhythms. I find that really satisfying. It looks really spidery and architectural on the page. You’ve got to repeat it 17 times and then shout the next thing, so it’s absurdly difficult to play. To play it physically, the energy of playing it, that’s why I do it." - Oliver Coates, The Wire, September 2018. --- Laurie Tompkins / vocals, keys, tape player, samples Oliver Coates / vocals, cello, effects --- Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Artwork by Laurie Tompkins and Suze Whaites.

Laurie & Olly - Ample Profanity